Integration with the aged care system, active ageing, health promotion and affordability were conspicuously absent in the Coalition’s health platform, launched yesterday by Opposition leader, Tony Abbott.
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Now that the dust has just started to settle, aged care reform advocates are starting to question whether the government’s recently announced reform package actually went far enough.
Key Independent MP, Tony Windsor, has backed the need to reform the sector and raised a question about aged care wages in Parliament.
Shortly after Minister Butler’s promotion was announced, he addressed the media and answered questions on what the political move means to him. Read the transcript of his speech, the media’s questions and the minister’s responses.
The current election bargaining process between the independents, Labor and the Coalition has reignited the consumer campaign for aged care reform.
The National LGBT Health Alliance has called upon Labor and the Coalition to make a stronger commitment to improve the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) older people.
The Coalition wants to strengthen the industry’s relationship with government.
The Shadow Minister for Ageing says providers have lost confidence because the government has failed to ensure the viability of the sector.
Margaret May has announced that she will bow out of politics at the federal election as she supports her husband through health issues.
Older Australians will have the chance to speak about seniors policy issues at a series of forums around the country.
The Shadow Minister for Ageing says there is a desperate need to re-consider high care bonds to avoid an aged care funding crisis.